President Obama: Congress has 2-3 months to pass Immigration Reform
Earlier today at a meeting with law enforcement officials, President Barack Obama set a two to three month deadline in which Congress can pass an immigration reform bill. According to Politico, the President said, “The closer we get to the midterm elections, the harder it is to get things done around here … it’s just very hard right before an election. So we’ve got maybe a window of two, three months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives.” President Obama’s statement reflects the general sense that there’s still time to get immigration reform done this year.
In San Antonio on Monday, Speaker John Boehner said that both sides were getting closer to reaching an agreement. Meanwhile, the President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, said that he was confident that the House of Representatives could pass immigration reform by the end of the but warned that if they didn’t act now, Republicans had no chance of winning a presidential election in 2016.
The Obama administration is currently reviewing its deportation practices after coming under fire from immigration activists for a dramatic rise in deportations in recent years. The results from that review are expected to be released soon.